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Volvo Will Continue to Manufacture Sedans and Estates.

Despite SUVs accounting for 75% of total sales, Volvo has revealed it will remodel its long-running 'S' saloon and 'V' estate models.

The Volvo XC60 SUV, the company's global bestseller, sold more units (1,62,600) than the S60, V60, S90, and V90 combined in the first three quarters of 2021. The [S and V] lines will be replaced with something more consumer-friendly. We need cars that are lower, with a more typical body shape, but perhaps a little less square [than before]. These low-riding automobiles will complement our high-riding SUVs.

The Volvo C40 Recharge SUV's design could lead to more coupé-inspired Volvos in the future. When we need to reduce air resistance, cars will be less boxy in the future. It's coupé-ish if you will. We talk about range a lot in electric cars, but we'll start looking at energy efficiency, and air resistance will be a big part of that."

Last year, sister publication Autocar UK reported that the Swedish automaker will expand its SUV lineup while reducing classic saloons and estates. Volvo purists will be relieved to learn that the V and S lines will be revived in some form. They are unlikely to have the V and S designations, as Volvo has stated that future models will be given names rather than alphanumerics. Volvo is also reorganizing its manufacturing goals. It presently produces 15,000 electric vehicles per year, but by the autumn of next year, that number will have risen to 1,50,000. By 2025, the company wants to sell 50% of electric vehicles.